The moment you realised the Simpsons is now terrible Page 40

  • Psiloc 10 Apr 2018 14:47:44 5,114 posts
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    up_the_ante wrote:
    What about the fat white Americans that work in nuclear power stations? They must feel stereotyped too. Is it stereotyping or someone of another race doing the voice that’s the problem? Because Carl and Dr Hibbert are voiced by hank azaria and harry shearer
    Obvious troll is obvious.
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  • minky-kong 10 Apr 2018 15:14:35 14,315 posts
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  • up_the_ante 10 Apr 2018 15:35:32 1,075 posts
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    Remember these either aren't funny or only funny if voiced by appropriate actor (plz research before laughing)
  • Not-a-reviewer 10 Apr 2018 16:41:33 5,765 posts
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    A link to a family guy clip? It's not funny.
  • DrStrangelove 10 Apr 2018 17:05:15 14,360 posts
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    reviewer wrote:
    A link to a family guy clip? It's not funny.
    Well at least it shows that even at its worst, Simpsons could still be worse
  • Jono62 10 Apr 2018 17:24:43 22,577 posts
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    Are we going to do clips of when The Simpsons was funny? Here's mine

    https://comb.io/D9TFZo
  • Fake_Blood 10 Apr 2018 17:34:15 9,576 posts
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    Poor Apu, they even make him stand outside in the rain.



    Edited by Fake_Blood at 17:34:54 10-04-2018
  • TheHammerite 10 Apr 2018 17:52:00 3,455 posts
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    People talk about the episode about Skinner being an imposter as the worst, but for me it has to be when we discover Homer is only stupid because of a crayon up his nose.

    And with the crayon removed he is highly intelligent.
  • TheHammerite 10 Apr 2018 17:57:55 3,455 posts
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    minky-kong wrote:
    'member when Smithers was black?
    Matt Groening has explained this.
  • thelzdking 10 Apr 2018 18:01:19 9,466 posts
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    There have been dozens upon dozens of far worse episodes than Skinner the Imposter since the '90s.
  • Psiloc 10 Apr 2018 18:57:29 5,114 posts
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    That Skinner episode is pretty interesting. This is a quote from the writer (who incidentally never worked on the Simpsons again):

    "This [episode] is about a community of people who like things just the way they are. Skinner's not really close to these people—you know, he's a minor character—but they get upset when someone comes in and says, 'This is not really the way things are', and they run the messenger out of town on the rail. When the episode aired, lo and behold, a community of people who like things just the way they are got mad. It never seems to have occurred to anyone that this episode is about the people who hate it."
    On the one hand I do kind of buy it. Lots of characters put a spotlight on the silliness of it. The problem is this is exactly the kind of thing that started to happen week in, week out, and if you do it repeatedly it doesn’t matter what your intentions are, you’ve still changed the show into something that does this. So rightly or wrongly I still see it as the point the Simpsons jumped the shark.
  • whatthefu 10 Apr 2018 19:30:53 1,233 posts
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    That Skinner episode was so bad.

    I have started watching a few episodes now and again on Sky1 and I was surprised that the old episodes don't seem that great any more. The new ones also don't seem really a lot worse.
    Guess I'm getting old.

    Edited by whatthefu at 19:32:08 10-04-2018
  • Psiloc 10 Apr 2018 19:58:13 5,114 posts
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    It’s important to remember that the Simpsons is really old, and what looks like an old episode might still actually be a long time after the golden age.

    They’re showing a lot of season 15 at the moment which is like 7 years after that Skinner episode.
  • minky-kong 10 Apr 2018 21:12:03 14,315 posts
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    TheHammerite wrote:
    minky-kong wrote:
    'member when Smithers was black?
    Matt Groening has explained this.
    Link?
  • Skirlasvoud 10 Apr 2018 21:57:04 4,039 posts
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    https://www.cbr.com/tv-legends-revealed-was-mr-smithers-on-the-simpsons-originally-black-and-married/

    Matt Groening wrote:
    He was always yellow, and then they painted him wrong once. That’s all…At the time, we didn’t have enough money to do retakes, so when there were glitches and mistakes, they stayed that way.

    The fake Skinner Episode is where everything went downhill.


    The simpsons never really were luagh-out-loud "comedic" funny IMO. There were a few gags here and there, but what made the series special was its set-up, characters and sweet writing. Its comedy shone only because of how much you could relate to the characters, their plight and how scenes were set up. The humor flowed from it naturally, rather than be forced, like it is now.

    The skinner episode is where the wheel came off and the show tried too hard ever afterwards.

    Edited by Skirlasvoud at 22:04:00 10-04-2018
  • OnlyJoeKing 10 Apr 2018 22:27:05 945 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    Are we going to do clips of when The Simpsons was funny? Here's mine

    https://comb.io/D9TFZo
    Sorry Jono, that is a pitiful offering.

    S8 is the cut off. It goes from gold to shit pretty much overnight.

    Worse than shit for me. I loved the old episodes. Every episode after s8 is basically shitting over a beloved friend. Wiping its ass with my treasured memories.
  • Skirlasvoud 10 Apr 2018 22:36:33 4,039 posts
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  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 10 Apr 2018 22:41:17 20,366 posts
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    Looking at the episodes list there's quite a few good episodes in season 9. The Joy of Sect being the standout.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons_(season_9)
  • Mola_Ram 10 Apr 2018 22:45:16 20,760 posts
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    The submarine episode gets my vote. That or the Australia episode.
  • OnlyJoeKing 10 Apr 2018 22:49:26 945 posts
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    Not for me, Clive. It's hard to put your finger on exactly why, but it just doesn't do it for me.

    I know a lot of people are quite partial to Hank Scorpio, but that again for me just doesn't compare.

    Still, s9 is certainly still a far cry from the abomination that it is today.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 10 Apr 2018 22:51:18 20,366 posts
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    This Little Wiggy has some funny Ralph Wiggum moments as well. It's definitely the season the rot began to set in though though.
  • minky-kong 10 Apr 2018 23:10:46 14,315 posts
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    Trash of the Titans is series 9 as well, and is brilliant.

    10 & 11 had a handful of good episodes but the rot was setting in, 12 is where it went totally to shit.

    Edited by minky-kong at 23:16:40 10-04-2018
  • JamboWayOh 11 Apr 2018 00:02:53 14,150 posts
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    Anyone that doesn't like Hank Scorpio can get to fuck.
  • thelzdking 11 Apr 2018 08:05:50 9,466 posts
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    I remember the Japan episode was the first one where something wasn't 'right'.
  • Fake_Blood 11 Apr 2018 08:17:37 9,576 posts
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    What happens in the skinner episode? Is it the one with the steamed hams?
  • Not-a-reviewer 11 Apr 2018 08:23:57 5,765 posts
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    The skinner one is where he was Armin Tamsarian then everyone choose to ignore it.

    It was stupid, made no sense, changed the context of the character and was just really shit.

    Edited by reviewer at 08:27:00 11-04-2018
  • Not-a-reviewer 11 Apr 2018 08:27:48 5,765 posts
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    My favourite one is where Marge gets breast implants. Strangely it's also the last one I bothered with.
  • Skirlasvoud 11 Apr 2018 08:32:52 4,039 posts
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    @Fake_Blood

    In the skinner episode we’re referring to, principle skinner turns out to be an imposter. He’s been a vietnam vet who assumed the identity of a war buddy to have a place in society after returning.

    The mother fell for it, so did chalmers. Maybe they just accepted it because it was easier. Then the real principle skinner returns. He re-assumes the identity, but nobody in Springfield likes him, so he gets sent off and the imposter skinner is welcomed back.


    The universal hatred for that episode comes from the fact that the ploy is outlandish and it’s a betrayal to the viewer who has invested in the characters. From that moment on, the characters and the story start to matter less then the show’s attempts to be funny. Humour used to be a genuine character study. Now it’s just gags at the expense of them.


    And the steamed hams thing was brilliant, FYI. Shows you how good the writing was, for the internet to have a field day with it for months.
  • drhickman1983 11 Apr 2018 08:42:47 5,987 posts
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    The nadir for me, and the moment that put me off, was the episode where they end up in prison, I think in the south of America. It was just shit. It had been declining before then, but that was the point I gave up
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